One of the best choices I made for my Paris trip was to use Air BNB and rent myself a cute little studio apartment. It was cheaper than area hotels, I had my own kitchen, I was extremely close (directly above, actually) a small supermarket and across the street from the Metro… It was amazing.
The best part – not the view of the very top of the Eiffel Tower from my balcony – but being a 10 minute walk from this. I made a point to walk here every single day, just to sit and admire this. I didn’t need nor want to go to the top; I just wanted to sit and enjoy the view from the bottom. (There’s a long, complicated backstory to why I didn’t want to go to the top, but I doubt I’ll share it here – it is incredibly personal.)
The random, small supermarket at the bottom of my building – Franprix – which I was informed isn’t even that good – boasted an incredible selection of cured meats and cheeses that put any non-specialty supermarket in the US to shame.
I love snacks from other countries. Roasted chicken flavor chips, which I didn’t like… a bottle of rose which cost me about $5 USD… the most amazing little lemon tart cookies from Bonne Maman, and really terrible strawberry cookies by LuLu (they tasted so fake and gross!).
I literally ate an entire baguette a day. Thankfully, I also walked just about everywhere, so I didn’t gain 15 pounds. I picked up foie (liver pate), rosette (sliced cured meat of some sort), bagged salad, mustard – Maille mustard was about $1.50 a large jar!!, olives, Boursin cheese, the baguette was roughly $1 USD… omg, I was in heaven.
The bags of goodies I got for my birthday picnic!
My first night there – salad, baguette with foie and Boursin fig+walnut (wish they’d sell this flavor here!), and rosette + mustard. So good.
Breakfast of Zespri kiwis! I found Zespri at Rue de Cler, so I bought some – for way too much.
My beautiful tower all lit up at night.
My Fauchon birthday picnic; saucisson; French panna cotta (fromage blanc), an herb salad that was super tasty, a cheese sampler and… omg… GOOSE FOIE GRAS!!! I wish it was easier to find in NYC but goose foie gras is so much earthier, richer, more delicious… I may be ruined for foie gras forever.
On my walk to eat in front of the Eiffel Tower on my birthday, this view struck me silent.
The sun came out strong on my birthday; the days prior to that were fairly grey. I took this as a sign. I’m doing something right. I’ll be okay. I know it.
French bugles are gross, FYI.
I thoroughly enjoyed having my own apartment in Paris, and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to visit. It was absolutely glorious…
I can’t wait to go back!